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The start of the new school year in the new Greenfield High School is well underway. The second phase of construction is advancing on time. The next phase will begin in December with the cafeteria being moved to the north wing and the closing of the gymnasium and locker room area. An Open House for the community is scheduled for November 15th from 10:00am to 1:00pm. You can follow the progress of the new school on the webcam at http://sdcgreenfield.com/webcam/ .
MCAS results have been mailed home for all the eighth, ninth, and eleventh graders. If you did not receive yours please contact the guidance office for a copy at 772-1350 ext. 1129. We continue our collaboration with Greenfield Community College providing juniors and seniors with courses if your student is interested in attending GCC during the spring semester please have them meet with their guidance counselor. Thank you for choosing Greenfield High School and please contact me with any concerns or questions at 772-1350 ext. 1005.
Donna Woodcock, Principal
From the desks of Associate Principals Mr. Gaffigan and Mrs. Heathwaite
We hope that you have had the opportunity to explore our new learning environment. With the new GHS comes many changes.
This year we are excited to begin a new initiative at the high school. TEAM, is an advisory program in which small groups of students meet with a teacher one time per week to develop a connection with a trusted adult and for the students and teachers to get to know each other as people outside of the academic curriculum. The goal of TEAM is to build strong working relationships within the GHS community and to improve our school culture and connectedness.
Also this year we changed our discipline procedures to include restorative practices. Restorative practices allow us to think about relationships and not just consequences. It is based on the belief that the wrongdoing affects our GHS community and needs to be addressed. This process allows for an awareness of the feelings of others, actively involves the offender, and encourages the offender to take ownership of their part of the conflict/issue. Restorative practice sees every instance of wrongdoing as an opportunity for learning.
It was a fun, but hectic, first quarter as we adjusted to our new surroundings. We look forward to an exciting second quarter and to seeing you at the Turkey Day game! Go Green Wave!
New Staff Members
This school year, GHS is pleased to welcome the following staff members: Amy Charboneau, Building Monitor; Joseph Chimi, Transitions; Jessica Delgado, TLC Room; Terry Dodge, 8th grade English/History; Mallory Ellis, Essential Skills; Laura Fiske, Behaviorist; Andrew Hutchison, Film Studies; Dara Juels, ESP; Thomas Lewison, Science; Samantha Marshall, Science; Regis Paris, French; James Peers, ESP; Wendy Pelletier, ESP; Casey Robinson, ESP; Kenneth (Zeke) Sigwworth, Custodian; Mike Spritzer, ESP; Catalin Teodorescu, 8th grade Math & Business.
Academic success is tied directly to a student’s attendance. Students are expected to be in school 94% of the time (as dictated by the Massachusetts Department Elementary and Secondary Education). Students can miss up to 10 classes in a semester long class and 20 in a year-long class. If a student exceeds this number they will not be given credit for the class and will need to repeat it regardless of their grade.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday there is a late bus that will take bus students home at 3:30pm. The library will be open until 3:15pm each day for students to use as a quiet study space. The bus will also allow students to stay for club meetings and get involved in extracurricular activities.
Student Services Corner
There will be a bereavement group at Greenfield High School beginning later this Fall. The group is for students who are grieving the death of a family member, and wish to receive support. The group is run by Dennis LeBlanc and Annie Diamond, local counselors who have facilitated the group at Greenfield High for the past five years. The group will be held during the school day, for one period per week, and arrangements will be made regarding any missed classwork. The class absence each week will not count against the student. The group will run from late November through April. For more information, please contact Dr. Scott Rice, GHS School Psychologist, at 772-1350 ext. 1130.
School Dates & GHS Dates to Remember
Early dismissal for Parent conferences (k-12)
Veteran’s Day (no school)
GHS Picture Re-take; class of ’16 Volleyball Tournament
High School Public Open House (10am-1pm)
Early dismissal (k-12)
November 27 & 28
GHS Winter Concert 7pm
Early dismissal (k-12)
New Year (no school)
Early dismissal (k-12)
Martin Luther King Day (no school)
Professional development (no school)
March 2-6, 2015
MCAS ELA &Math (Grades 11&12 Retakes)
March 24-26, 2015
MCAS ELA/PARCC (Grades 8,9,10)
May 11-22, 2015
MCAS Science/PARCC Math (Grade 8)
May 12-13, 2015
MCAS Math (Grade 9, 10)
June 2-3, 2015
MCAS Physics and Biology (Grade 9)
GreenWave Library Lib Guides and Library Blog
High School Building Project
Green Wave Store Information